Author Note: my matchbox was a Peep of the Week for August 22, 2014!
My entry for Power Poppy’s Peep of the Week is a little paper matchbox that features the Power Poppy Farmer’s Market stamp set. Look at those gorgeous veggies!
The matchbox opens up to reveal a tiny glassine envelope full of seeds. You could, of course, put other small/flat gifts in there. Maybe a set of labels or stickers? Or perhaps a card-making friend would love a handy box full of Vintage Seed Packet stamps?
I used the new Matchbox Die from Tim Holtz to cut the wrapper from Recollections 110lb card stock (I’m really liking this heavier paper that I can just grab from Michaels with a coupon. Coloring on it with my Copics has been a pleasure). I cut the little drawer from green Bazzil card stock. I assembled the bottom part right away, but I wanted to stamp and color the wrapper before assembling.
The swiss chard was a blast to color—I chose to make them look like Bright Lights variety, which can have veins of shocking pink or bright yellow. Shading the eggplant was new to me, and I’m still not sure I have the hang of it. The biggest challenge was coloring the turnips! I tried tip-to-tip blending (V04 on V000) for the first time to get the effect I wanted: purplish tops that shaded to creamy bottoms. My dad had brought us a few garden tomatoes when he visited, so I lined them up for some inspiration as well.
I think that the tiny sentiments in the Farmer’s Market set are so great. While they are the perfect fit for the sign that tops the cauliflower stamp, they are also just the right size for tags and other small applications. I used “EAT your veggies,” but I predict that “Just for you” will see a lot of use too.
To finish my little seed packet, I stamped just a sprig from the Springtime Love set onto the tiny tag and then colored and wrote out the label. Just a bit of twine around the package, and my little gift of cilantro seeds is tucked in and ready to go!
I’m popping one last picture down here, to show the scale of this matchbox. My husband was surprised that it was much smaller than it looked in photos!